Program Description

This 2-day course is intended for physical therapists who provide, or intend to provide, related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The course highlights advanced practice issues, in addition to the foundational information. Sessions provide information on decision making and the delivery of physical therapy services to support the educational program for all students with disabilities.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Understand the primary federal laws and regulations pertaining to the education of children with disabilities under IDEA and the provision of related services.
  2. Make appropriate decisions regarding evaluation, examination, models of service delivery, evidence-based interventions, assistive technology, transportation, and fitness.
  3. Apply knowledge gained to influence and advocate for appropriate services for children with disabilities in their communities.
  4. Appreciate the role of the school-based physical therapist in preparing students and their families for the post-school transition.
  5. Apply the principles of data-based practice.
  6. Describe evaluation and intervention for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Call for Platform Proposals: Due May 7

Seeking proposals for 15-minute presentations on topics of interest to school-based physical therapists for the 2021 Innovations in School-Based Physical Therapy Practice Conference (July 30-31, 2021, in Richardson, TX). These may be special interest or research topics.  We would especially like to receive abstracts related to the provision of telehealth services. Please send in the following information by May 7 to Susan Effgen (

  1. Abstract should include a title and description of the topic. This should be an attachment, no more than 250 words.
  2. In the email (not on the Abstract), include the Name(s); Email address(es); Affiliation/Address(es) of the proposed presenters.